What cities in America have the worst drivers, and where does Bakersfield rank?

July 19, 2017 | 9:11 am


Where are the worst drivers in America?

The answer, unfortunately, appears to be in California, where a recent survey found five cities in the state listed in the top 10 cities with the worst drivers. Bakersfield ranked No. 10.

QuoteWizard, an auto insurance comparison company, analyzed 2016 statistics from the 75 most populous metro areas in the United States and calculated incident averages that included accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and traffic citations, like running a red light and using a cellphone while driving.

No. 1 on the list was Sacramento, while Riverside (No. 3), San Diego (No. 5) and Los Angeles (No. 6) rounded out the California cities in the top 10 cities with the worst drivers.

In December, QuoteWizard ranked the worst drivers by state, and determined California to be No. 2, behind Utah. California was No. 7 for accidents, No. 9 for speeding, No. 5 for citations, and No. 2 for DUIs.

This matters for all drivers, according to insurance experts, because the saturation of bad drivers on roadways has the ability to affect how much you pay for car insurance each month. Living in one of the worst driving cities can see your insurance rates go up, while living in one of the best driving cities can help you save money on your auto insurance.

A spokesperson for QuoteWizard stated that Southern California has a high percentage of DUI arrests, and that could very well be because of the state’s law enforcement’s strong stance against drunk driving.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been a long-time advocate for safe driving and for sharing the road — that goes for other drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists alike.

The law firm for years has been deeply involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving Kern County, as well as other safety groups including Bike Bakersfield. The law firm also regularly publishes safety tips on a variety of issues on this blog, Blogging for Justice.

For this article, Chain | Cohn | Stiles provides a few driving tips below to help you eliminate distracted driving, reduce traffic violations, and keep Kern County roadways as safe as possible:

  • Keep your cell phone on silent, and put in a place where you won’t be able to access it while driving.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and what other drivers around you are doing.
  • If you’re too tired to drive, find a place to stop so you can get rest before driving again.
  • If you need to eat and drink, make sure that you pull over to the side of the road.
  • Make sure that loose items in your car are secured so that they don’t startle you if they fall.
  • Never drive a vehicle if you’re under the influence of alcohol. Make sure that you have a driver who has not consumed alcohol, or use a service like Lyft or Uber who will be able to take you back to your home safely.

— By Michael Earnest for Chain | Cohn | Stiles

———

If you or someone you know is injured in a crash due to the fault of another driver, please call the lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles at (661) 323-4000 for a free consultation on your case, or visit chainlaw.com.

CCS attorneys to host auto, home insurance workshop for KSFCU members

July 8, 2015 | 10:01 am


You may not think of the deductibles and liability limits on your insurance policies as part of your financial strategy. But they could make a difference in your overall financial picture, according to Kern Schools Federal Credit Union. Consider them “expenses in waiting” — potential costs that you should be prepared to face.

And it can be difficult to navigate the through the overwhelming number of insurance choices available. Chain | Cohn | Stiles and Kern Schools Federal Credit Union are partnering to help you decide.

A complimentary workshop for Kern Schools Federal Credit Union members will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, at Kern Schools’ Administrative Offices, 11500 Bolthouse Drive, off Buena Vista Road, one mile south of White Lane.

As part of the workshop — titled “Auto and Home Insurance: How to protect you and your family” — Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Matt Clark and Neil Gehlawat will help credit union members these tough questions:

  • How much insurance should you have?
  • How much should you pay?
  • Is your family fully protected?

The attorneys will focus on several auto and home insurance topics including uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance, umbrella policies, what liability means, first- and third-party insurance and much more.

As an example, the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles represent many people have been involved in auto accidents. And many times, he receives calls from people who have been injured by someone who didn’t have any insurance at the time of the accident.

Due to the accident, the injured client has had to miss work and has medical bills to pay.

“What do you do to protect yourself?” Clark said recently on a Bakersfield radio show. “When you buy insurance, one of the cheapest things you can buy is uninsured motorist coverage. You want to have limits that can cover you in case someone hits you.”

Clark recommends drivers purchase a $100,000 over $300,000 auto insurance policy at a minimum to protect yourself. The policy allows you to collect from your insurance company to recoup your damages that exceed the responsible party’s limits. It’s not expensive to get, Clark says, and can protect you and your family in the case of an accident while walking, running, or riding a bike. You don’t have to be behind the wheel to take advantage of the policies.

All attendees of the workshop will receive a voucher for a free notary and legal consultation from Chain | Cohn | Stiles. Additionally, the personal injury and workers’ compensation* law firm will provide special goodies to attendees.

To register for the workshop, visit the Kern Schools Federal Credit Union webpage here, and fill out the simple form.

And for more information on Chain | Cohn | Stiles, or to contact the attorneys about your case, call 661-323-4000, or visit the website chainlaw.com.